PANAJI: On Wednesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the Congress regarding the demand for the resignation of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. BJP on the demand of the opposition Congress said that Nehru too was ill in his last years in office.

“Our late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in the last three years of his tenure, was ill. He was suffering from paralysis and could not function as a Prime Minister ought to. At that time, our leaders, including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, or the Jan Sangh did not take out a morcha to his house and demand his resignation, as we saw in Goa,” state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar said at a press conference in Panaji.

On the other hand, the Congress on Tuesday regarding the demand of Goa Chief Minister to resign within 48 hours organized a march to Mr Parrikar’s private residence.

In a similar case, when Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar was serving as Agriculture Minister and was abroad for cancer treatment, neither the Congress nor the BJP demanded his resignation at that time.

“Sharad Pawar was suffering from cancer and was being treated abroad, but the BJP did not make it an issue and the Congress did not drop him from the Union Cabinet either,” Tendulkar said.

Approximately nine months from now, Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar has been suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer. Due to the serious disease, Mr. Parrikar since then has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, and Delhi. He has also visited New York for his treatment regarding advanced pancreatic cancer.

A few weeks back, Mr Parrikar returned from All-India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 in New Delhi. He since returning from the hospital has not attended any official event and is on rest in his private residence in Goa.

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) President Deepak Dhavalikar regarding the demand of resignation of the Chief Minister also joined the opposition chorus. The MGP is a part of the ruling alliance led by the BJP.